Social Justice in a Real World

Health and Wellness
by Karen Gates Injustice has been around since Adam and Eve left the Garden of Eden to enter the real world. Cain slew Abel when jealousy set in over whose offering was better, and the momentum has continued. There is much to be said about the injustices prevalent in the world around us. The list is endless, with quite a few familiar to most of us: domestic violence, sex trafficking, financial debt, homelessness, environmental pollution, poverty, and prejudices of culture, religion, gender, or socio-economic status. The massiveness of the idea of justice versus injustice can be overwhelming or confusing and leave one feeling quite hopeless that any difference can be made. “What is justice? Don’t the courts take care of that? What does “social justice” mean? Where do I start?…
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The Age of Technology: Blessing or Curse?

Commentary, Life & Community, Lifestyle, Uncategorized
By Karen Gates We live in the Technology Age. Just look around and you cannot help but see an electronic device in operation. I am old enough to remember when this was the subject of sci-fi movies. The brain was encased in fluid-filled glass hooked up to equipment that did all the functions necessary for life. The one thing it could not do was be human any longer. It has been a slow process getting to this point when you consider our existence here on Earth. The exact age of the existence of humans is up for debate since all current methods use unprovable philosophical assumptions. Man has been around a long time no matter how you count it. We’ve passed through many ages along the way. We have the…
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Passion, Purpose, Action

Commentary, Life & Community
I will begin this article with the disclaimer that it is only meant to raise awareness and inspire the reader to be willing to look at the issues. I do not claim to have all the answers, know what is needed in every situation, or have the personal experience of dealing with each facet involved. Everywhere you turn in today’s society, you find discussions on events, practices, and political debates that include the use of the words “social injustice.” It is easy to point at what is wrong when you see how the end results affect you and others within your life circles. We find it easy to point a finger at outside influences, circumstances, and hierarchical decision making. It only takes elementary-school fundamentals to identify the symptoms of hunger,…
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Making Dreams a Reality

Commentary, Life & Community, Life Coaching, Uncategorized
What is it that makes dreams become a reality? We are in the season of celebrating graduations, from preschool all the way to achieving a master’s degree, the former being expected and the latter being achieved through dedication, discipline, and diligence in the pursuit of a dream. Higher education eludes a number of people due to various challenges, setbacks, and dead ends. This can be said about the pursuit of any dream, be it personal, professional, or public acclaim. Dreams come in all sizes, shapes, and selections. Looking for a dream job? Want a dream marriage? Desiring that dream vacation? Holding onto dreams that all mankind can live in peace with social justice, love, and mutual respect?  Many may seem to be out of reach or impossible to achieve. There…
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A Call to Service: Not Just for a Season or a Day, but a Lifetime

A Call to Service: Not Just for a Season or a Day, but a Lifetime

Commentary, Opinion
The holiday season has just passed, and for many, the spirit of giving has gone by the wayside as the focus on New Year’s resolutions, budgets, and day-to-day living becomes the main goal.  January 20, 2014 will be the Annual MLK Day of Service in commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. During a Google search, I found a story about Bloomington, IN urging its residents to a year-long call to service. The Ark Association, an organization I co-founded, recently held our 13th annual “Takin’ Christmas to the Streets” at Roosevelt Park.  One of our first-time volunteers, T.R. Walker Montague, wrote about her experience on Facebook.  You can read the entire post on The Ark’s page, but I have included a portion of it here because of several of her…
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How Many Wrongs Make It Right?

How Many Wrongs Make It Right?

Commentary, Opinion
We have heard it said that “two wrongs don’t make a right,”.  Well the settings in which this plays out are countless. Most recently, we saw it when three systems set up to be safety measures in the lives of Detroit residents failed in the alleged rape of an underage girl in Southwest Detroit.  There were many moments in this story that preventative action could have been taken. Today I challenge our citizens to raise the bar of awareness and send out a call for constructive action to be taken. Contrary to common thinking, there are four entities that were wounded and are in need of healing in this situation: the alleged rapist, the young woman, the community, and the justice system. Let’s address this chronologically. According to documentation, the…
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